Ottawa South Community Centre
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 45° 23.687 W 075° 40.905
18T E 446637 N 5027033
Quick Description: The Ottawa South Community Centre, "The Old Firehall", previously Graham Station No.10, has been designated an Ontario Heritage Property and is located in Ottawa.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 12/29/2011 6:36:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMDDGM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
Views: 12

Long Description:
The elaborate Spanish Revival style of the Graham Station No.10 tells us at a glance that this building was designed by Werner Ernst Noffke (1878 – 1964), one of Ottawa’s best-known architects of the early 20th century. It is also the third-oldest surviving structure built as a fire station in the city. Its construction in 1921 reflected the southward growth of the city and came at a transitional time in the evolution of firefighting technology. As built, it accommodated both horse-drawn and motorized equipment, with the stables for the horses located underneath. Instead of the traditional hose drying tower, this fire hall had a hose drying room in the basement.

Overzealous painting has hidden some of the stone trim, which Noffke used along with stucco to accent the red brick. The front elevation is asymmetrical, but the traditional truck doors on the right side balance the curvilinear gable on the left. An elaborate cartouche is located between these large truck doors. The City of Ottawa adapted this building for use as a community centre in 1977. Between 1974 and 1977, the old station served as the first home of the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

The information provided above is reproduced from: Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC), Ottawa: A guide to Heritage Structures (Ottawa: City of Ottawa, 2000), p. 189.


Graham Station No. 10 served the City as a fire station until 1974. It is the only heritage Fire Station in Ottawa that is still publicly owned and accessible.

The current tenants, the Ottawa South Community Centre, "The Old Firehall", operates a number of fitness and recreation programs at 260 Sunnyside Avenue.

The community centre also opened a Cardio Fitness Centre in the Fall of 2011, with brand-new equipment, specific programs, and personal trainer available.

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Link to Property in The Ontario Properties Database: [Web Link]

Building or Property Type: Civic or Government Building

County or Regional Municipality: Ottawa-Carleton

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